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Katie Melua

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We are 13.7 billion light-years from the edge of the observable universe; that's a good estimate with well-defined error bars and with the available information, I predict that I will always be with you.
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Nine Million Bicycles, alternative lyrics, written by scientist Simon Singh.

 
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